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Young people in Glasgow eligible to apply for valuable work experience

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the creation of 500 training opportunities for those between the ages of 16 and 24 in Glasgow, supporting those who have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The openings, created by Step Up Glasgow and the Kickstart scheme, are available to those who are currently without employment, education or training opportunities – a position many have found themselves in the past year. 

Kickstart is a £2 billion programme created by the UK Government, which offers young people a six-month work placement in order to support them into employment. Businesses can sign up to be part of the scheme, and are encouraged to do so to create a wealth of government-subsidised jobs for young people. 

Step Up Glasgow was launched in early 2021, with the key intention of supporting both Glasgow’s young people and local businesses. The scheme has been created by Glasgow Chamber in partnership with Glasgow City Council. 

With something for everyone, a variety of sectors are available on the website; including finance, marketing, construction and the arts; which aim to provide young people with valuable work experience. A full training and support package is also included, to allow the opportunity to be tailored to each individual so to prepare them for their future career. 

Alison McRae, Senior Director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce said: “We know from previous economic crises that young people in the 16-24 age group are disproportionately affected when it comes to securing new opportunities or sustaining existing roles. This pandemic has created a unique situation in that the industries- such as hospitality, retail and the service sectors - most affected are those where the vast majority of those young people are directly employed.  

“Glasgow and its business community has acted quickly to ensure that as many of our young people as possible have access to support, development and paid work experience in a bid to ensure that no-one is left behind in the wake of the challenges still to come. 

“A range of businesses from the Holiday Inn, First Glasgow and the Rainbow Room to sole traders are all engaged already with some terrific job roles being offered. We are now asking our city’s young people to register for Step Up so that the right roles can be matched as they emerge.” 

To register your interest, visit the site today: